DDR-RAM Reviews System

T-Force DDR4 4000 Xtreem in AMD and Intel test – Came, saw and lit

The T-Force Xtreme series had been announced for some time, but now, in January 2020, the fastest modules will finally be available on the market. I was able to get one of the packs with the T-Force DDR4 4000 Xtreem ARGB and of course also test the memory bulb extensively. These kits made of 8GB modules come with three different speed gradations, with clock speeds and timings looking good, if not record-breaking. With CL14-14-14-34 (DDR4-3200), CL14-15-15-35 (DDR4-3600) and CL18-22-22-42 (DDR4-4000) the timings are even quite good, even if there are faster modules. But this will certainly be less of an interest to Ryzen users. But I'll get to that in a while.

The T-Force Xtreem-ARGB-DIMMs are therefore more orientated towards the optics, because the freely addressable light-emitting diodes of the quite unusual lighting are stuck in an interesting housing. This in turn makes the memory modules approx. 4.9 cm high, which is guaranteed to cause conflicts with some symmetrically mounted air coolers.

Well, if you want to be beautiful, you always have to suffer something, so here too. Depending on the timings, the required operating voltages are 1.35 to 1.45 volts, i.e. still within the acceptable range for OC modules, but nothing for me. I will use a maximum of 1.35 volts in the test, which by the way also worked. RAM-Lotto, then. In the design of the luminous effects, something new has been come up. Instead of a simple, translucent plastic, you rely on mirror effects and a complete full illumination on the front side. Since this is always difficult to capture in pictures, I briefly held the camera on it:


The respective timings and clock rates ex works can be found in the data sheet or the homepage and since I have simply tested the other clock rates and timings for better comparison, they are quite interesting.



As with the motherboards, the number of layers and the board material used play a major role. If you don't need to think about 3000 MHz for motherboards under 6 layers, you should direct a total of 10 layers, an optimized layout and coated contacts. And if you don't want to download a video partout, you'll just get the light beams pressed on your eye again as a still image:


The test setup

The setup is of course listed transparently. In this case, only the hardware configuration with CPU, RAM, motherboard, as well as the new cooling is different, so that the summary in table form quickly gives a brief overview of the system used here and today:

Test systems and measuring rooms

AMD Socket AM4
MSI MEG X570 Godlike
Ryzen 9 3950X

Intel Socket 1151
MSI MEG Z390 Godlike
Core I9-9900K

Tested clock rates:
DDR4 4000 CL18-22-22-42
DDR4 3600 CL18-22-22-42
DDR4 3400 CL14-15-15-35
DDR4 3200 CL14-15-15-35
DDR4 3000 CL14-14-14-34
DDR4 2933 CL14-14-14-34
DDR4 2800 CL14-14-14-34
DDR4 2666 CL14-14-14-34
DDR4 2400 CL14-14-14-34
DDR4 2133 CL14-14-14-34

Nvidia Titan RTX
Nvidia Quadro RTX6000 (Workstation)

1x 2GB Aorus SSD PCIe 4.0 (NVMe, System SSD)
Be Quiet Dark Power Pro 11, 850-watt power supply
Windows 10 Pro (1909, all updates, latest graphics drivers)

Alphacool Ice Wall 280 Prototype
Alphacool Ice Block XPX (Intel) / XPX Pro (AMD)
Thermal Grizzly Kryonaut (for cooler change)
Monitor: BenQ PD3220U
Raijintek Paean
Open Benchtable
Optris PI640, infrared camera
PI Connect evaluation software with profiles

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Igor Wallossek

Editor-in-chief and name-giver of igor'sLAB as the content successor of Tom's Hardware Germany, whose license was returned in June 2019 in order to better meet the qualitative demands of web content and challenges of new media such as YouTube with its own channel.

Computer nerd since 1983, audio freak since 1979 and pretty much open to anything with a plug or battery for over 50 years.

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